Veasley - Velvet
is too late for today's economy business" or "Time is
money". Two proverbs elucidate the pressure under most of us have
to suffer nowadays. Understandable that many people musicians included
are looking back in nostalgia to good old times when we had more time
and muse. Velvet is Gerald Veasley's special flash back combining
ingredients from decades past evoking music of Sly & The Family
Stone, Earth Wind and Fire or George Clinton's
starts with Coup Deville. If a bass
player releases an album, one awaits a bass player album. This piece fulfills
these expectations. But Gerald's skill demonstrations are sublime. In
his bio Gerald is citing Ornette Coleman. He would stop the band and
say: "The reason you played that was because you're playing fret
ideas instead of music ideas. You 're playing that come under your
fingertips instead of really trying to free yourself to play musical
ideas, pure musical thought that is generated from within."
Gerald comments: "That kind of thinking is very liberating, and
it's taught me to create music from the inside out." Coup Deville
shows Gerald's differentiating between a pure bass play and performing
is dedicated to Gerald's daughter Sarah, who never opened her eyes,
but opening Gerald's. Chris Farr plays a wonderful soprano sax on this
Remember the late Curtis Mayfield? Let's
Do It Again brings back that flavor of the 70's. As a solo
artist in the 1970s, Mayfield helped pioneer funk and helped introduce
hard-hitting urban commentary into soul music (Unterberger). Let's Do
It Again is a cover from the same-titled album released in 1975.
Jaguar Wright and John Stephens are the vocal heroes revoking the
spirit of Curtis' music.
The title track Velvet
has a rich instrumental environment with strings and horns, but
Gerald's bass is leading over all scales.
bass is leading instrument on Put On Your Sunday
Clothes again. A midtempo funky tune with a fuliminant horn
The arrangement of Do
You Remember reminds me of Huey Lewis' "Hip to Be
Square". Don't know exactly why.
is a smooth elegant piece with an intelligent horn arrangement. By the
way Gerald often involves horns like sax, trombone, flugelhorn in his
tracks. Donald Robinson plays synth solo, keyboards and synth bass on
this track. A real enrichment.
R& B or Adult Soul will like Summer Kiss and
especially John Stephens' voice. A singer we want to hear more about.
is back on Bread Puddin'. Such an album
is always a treasury of artists one can discover new. Such an artist
is Benji Porecki playing the Hammond Organ. Some will know him by the
WPG trio, in which he plays with Blues Webb
and Gary Grainger and
foremost as the newest member of Pieces Of A Dream, where he plays
keyboards and Gerald the bass. He has also released some solo albums
Records. He also appears on POAD's newest album Love
Gerald proves on
the bluesy ballad Forever that the bass
can also sing.
A classic R&B song
is the short It's Alright (Tonight's The Night),
a love song interpreted or shall I say whispered by Mikki Kornegay and
Movin' On is a softly flowing midtempo tune. Muted trumpet,
keyboards, sax and bass are leading the melody in a unobtrusive way.
Gospel-like song of songs about Home is a
continuous praise of home. Did John Stephens lend his voice again? No
explanation in the liner notes.
Clothes Reprise is the funky version of Put
On Your Sunday Clothes. If you like a jazz a brassy interpretation
that's your first choice.
Veasley 's new album is the distinguished result of a perfected artist
who knows what kind of music moves people.